Thursday, September 4, 2014


My dear grand niece finally received her baby quilt from her Great Aunt Donna shortly after her 6th month birthday.

DSCN2130I am so happy it turned out so well.  It’s pretty darn pink!  Here is a blurry photo of the label.


This is a photo of Henlee on the left and Emma on the right enjoying the quilt.

Henlee Emma on Quilt

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Monday, August 11, 2014


I don’t believe that I have shared with you readers my most recent quilt history books.


Common Threads:  Quilting Traditions of Hunterdon County, NJ
 (front and back covers)

This 50 page wire-bound book contains color photos of about 50 quilts dating from 1842 though to a few from the 21st century.  They were part of a short exhibit earlier this year of Hunterdon County, New Jersey quilts curated by Judy Grow.

The other quilt history book I purchased some months later from the Denver Art Museum, First Glance ~ Second Look:  Quilts from the Denver Art Museum Collection.

This exhibit is still showing at the DAM through March 15, 2015.  If I should made it to Denver before that date, I will surely stop in to see these great quilts.  My favorite in the book is the circa late 1800s house quilt featured on the cover of the book  Love that cheddar fabric, the red and white striped sashing, and the occasional pine tree blocks scattered in amongt the houses.  Furthermore, there are fold out pages to showcase larger photos of a couple of quilts.

My latest read was a fiction book entitled The Signature of All Things written by Elizabeth Gilbert.  She is the author of the very popular book that later became a Julia Roberts movie, Eat, Pray, Love.


The book is described on her web page as follows:
Elizabeth Gilbert’s first novel in twelve years is an extraordinary story of botany, exploration and desire, spanning across much of the 19th century. The novel follows the fortunes of the brilliant Alma Whittaker (daughter of a bold and charismatic botanical explorer) as she comes into her own within the world of plants and science. As Alma’s careful studies of moss take her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, the man she loves draws her in the opposite direction—into the realm of the spiritual, the divine and the magical. Alma is a clear-minded scientist; Ambrose is a Utopian artist. But what unites this couple is a shared passion for knowing—a desperate need to understand the workings of this world, and the mechanism behind of all life. The Signature of All Things is a big novel, about a big century. Exquisitely researched and told at a galloping pace, this story novel soars across the globe—from London, to Peru, to Philadelphia, to Tahiti, to Amsterdam and beyond. It is written in the bold, questing spirit of that singular time. Alma Whittaker is a witness to history, as well as maker of history herself. She stands on the cusp of the modern, with one foot still in the Enlightened Age, and she is certain to be loved by readers across the world.
I never would have dreamed that the life of a 19th century botanist could be so fascinating but it’s the lead character’s development as a child, then young adult, then older lady that is so fascinating.  Once again an old dog learned some new tricks.
That’s all for now.  I need to skim over the photos I’ve downloaded in the last two months to see if there is anything else that needs to be written about.  I know there is but I have to find it first!

May your bobbins always be full,

Tuesday, June 17, 2014


Here is a recent junk store find, a ”Monnig’s Dry Goods Co. of Fort Worth, Texas” catalogue from 1962.

Monnig cover

The majority of the catalogue is in black and white.

monnig pgs

However a few were in color, including the rick rack and other trims

Monnig Trims

and zippers.

Monnig zippers

The back cover.

Monnig back cover

Sewing supplies were not the only things in the catalogue although it took up about a quarter of the catalogue.  They sold a little bit of everything.  Bobby pins, pot and pans, baby clothing and accessories, Band Aids, the works.

It’s lots of fun to browse through the pages and remembering “the good old days.”  Baby, we’ve come a long, long way.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014


Early last month, Sweetie and I went antiquing/junking on a short trip to part of the beautiful Texas Hill Country.  The wild flowers were blooming like crazy, including the prickly pear.  Did we stop to take pictures?  No!!!!


This is a “public domain” photo I found on the Internet.  That’s how they looked.

We stayed overnight in Burnet, Texas and spent a lot of time antique/junk shopping.  Here are a few of the interesting things we saw at the Burnet Antique Mall.  This is one of my favorite antique malls of all time!

                                 Vintage Quilts





Antique Spool Cabinets

Doll Bunk Beds

Hoosier-Style Kitchen Cabinet with Side Extension




There were lots of other good things, but we didn’t bring anything home from there.

I’ll write more about this trip in my next blog post.  Until then, put the peddle to the metal and keep on sewing.
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Tuesday, June 10, 2014


There are several antique/junk stores in Burnet, apparently including a flea market that we learned of too late to visit.  There was another indoor flea market that we managed to shop a store called The Knot Hole.
We bought lots and lots of colored glass to make garden totems like these I found on a Google Photo Search:

blue and clear glass artGlassGardenArt1a.
multi from etsy

glass garden art red clear

We haven’t started creating yet because we are in the midst of closing out the estate of Sweetie’s parents, clearing out the household and putting the house on the market.  When we finally DO get a totem together, I will share a picture.  I’m sure we will learn from quite a few mistakes on the first couple of tries.  Just like making quilts.

Gotta go now. 
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Saturday, June 7, 2014



And I do mean a very pink quilt!  This is a baby gift for my grand-niece Henlee who is over 3 months old now.  I’m down to my least favorite part of the process, machine quilting.  I’m just doing a grid because I haven’t practiced enough to do free-motion quilting.  I’m hoping to finish it before she turns 4 months old.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014


Yes, last week I got to attend a Trinity Valley Quilters’ Guild sponsored workshop taught by one of my quilting heroes, Kim Diehl.

                                           Photo courtesy of Trinity Valley Quilter’s Guild

Kim’s books are truly my favorites.  I have every one she’s written so far except the most recent one which I plan to purchase soon.  I resisted the urge to take my other 6 of her books for autographing.  Thought it would be a bit too much so I settled for the one this quilt pattern is in.


She is as cute as her quilt designs.  And a patient, attentive teacher.

This is the quilt we worked on.  The pattern is called “Mocha Stars” and is found in her Simple Comforts book. We had so much fun!  Learned new invisible applique techniques, stem making tips, etc., etc. …..


This is my progress.  First time I've used batiks with my other fabrics.

My star

After I zigzag around the star points and make a few more leaves, stems and some flowers, I can sew the halves together to make this into a pillow rather than a quilt. 

Unfortunately I was unable to attend the guild meeting the following day but have seen pictures of her trunk show.  All beautiful.

A few years ago I met one of my other quilt heroes, Jo Morton, at one of her needle-turn applique workshops.  Now I want to meet Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts.  Someday!!!!!   Somehow!!!!!

Until next time, may your bobbins always be full.
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